shanghai

This article appears in Vol 22: The Design Issue

The futuristic skyline of the Pudong financial district, synonymous with Shanghai, is upscaling – or rather diversifying. A series of modern monuments are making space for creative culture in Shanghai and transforming the look – and character – of the city. A host of high-profile museum openings and the launch of several influential art fairs have solidified the city’s status as a major player in the Asian art world.

As China’s biggest city and most outwardly modern city, Shanghai is still as flash and brash as it ever was, but beneath all the excess there’s more substance than ever.

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The Middle House

The Middle House is Shanghai’s most hotly anticipated launch of 2018. Following in the ultra-chic footsteps of Hong Kong’s Upper House, it will offer pared-back luxury in the city’s fashionable Dazhongli district. Fans of Hong Kong’s glittering Café Grey will be delighted to hear an equally vertiginous sister spot will be opening on the top floor.

The Puli Hotel

Every art week needs a drinking hole for designer-clad curators to do their cocktail-filled deals in – and each November The PuLi Hotel is packed to the rafters with insiders swapping contacts, buying work or sharing gossip behind the ornate bamboo screens. In the summer months the willow tree-filled terrace is the place to be seen, while the dark-wood bedrooms and Phénix and JingAn restaurants are wonderfully zen.

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  • 1 ChangDe Road
    JingAn District
    Shanghai
    200040

88 Xintiandi

The aesthetic of these 53 suites is pure colonial-era Asia – pale walls, cream sofas, silk bedspreads and dark-wood cabinets and drinks trays. The boutiques, restaurants and museums of Xintiandi are only a stone’s throw away.

Astor House Hotel

First opened in 1846, this historic hotel has recently been renovated to show off its glamorous past. Each of the 116 rooms is something of a name-dropper, called after celebrities, such as Einstein and Chaplin, who all stayed here. Richards Restaurant offers the famous pink peppercorn cooking of central China – Szechuan dishes – while the décor is Emperor’s Palace ornate.

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  • 15 Huangpu Road
    Hongkou Qu
    Shanghai Shi

The Middle House

The Puli Hotel

88 Xintiandi

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